Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Atriox

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Armor (right only)
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Torso
• Double Jointed Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Gravity Mace, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Legs
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon.

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Atriox, leader of the Banished looks imposing through the window on the front of the box! The Build-A-Figure Grunt legs are hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Vale

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: SMG, Needler, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Head
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

Spartan Vale is seen through a window with some of the armor removed. Also seen is the included SMG and Needler. The Build-A-Figure Grunt head is partially hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Master Chief

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Sniper, Boltshot, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Lower Body
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (Full disclosure, I got this particular figure from 343, last year. Was waiting until I had all of the figures from series 2 before I posted this review.)

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The box displays Chief through a window on the front of the box. The Build-A-Figure Grunt piece is partially hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

HaloFanForLife.com SIXTH ANNUAL LANstravaganza!

This year marks the SIXTH Annual LANstravaganza! Each year I host a LAN party with all sorts of Halo related activities. This year’s events are bigger and better than ever!

Take a look at the splash graphic showing what’s to come!

Now, without further ado, let me bring you the schedule of events and after which, a short explanation of some of them.

Friday, August 10, 2019 3pm-11pm
3pm-5pm General Halo 5 Gameplay
5pm-6pm Break for Food
6pm-7pm 
7pm-9pm  Rounds 1 and 2
9pm-11pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

After Party at Primanti Brothers!

Saturday, August 11, 2019
Noon-2pm General Halo 5 Gameplay
2pm-3:30pm
3:30pm-4:30pm Break for Food
4:30pm-6pm  Rounds 3-4
6pm-7:30pm
7:30pm-10pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

After Party at Dave and Busters! (We will be taking over the Halo Fireteam Raven game there!!)

Sunday, August 12, 2019
1pm-3pm General Halo 5 Gaemplay
3pm-4:30pm
4:30pm-5:30pm Break for Food
5:30pm-6:30pm  Round 5 (Final Round)
6:30pm-8pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

Explanation of Events

It should go without saying what this is. To make this easier for some, I allow you to use your cellphone to look up answers. It is timed though. Prize will be awarded to the person who gets the most correct. In the event of a tie, run-off questions will be asked until we get a winner.


To participate in this event, you MUST attend each day. No late entries. I’ve named this “Legacy” because each round of the tournament will take you on a trip through the numbered Halo games. On Friday, rounds 1 and 2 will commence. Round one is Halo CE, Round 2 is Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary. Saturday’s rounds are 3 and 4 with Halo 3 and Halo 4 respectively. On Sunday, the fifth/final round will be in Halo 5. Thus traversing each numbered Halo game. Prizes awarded to the top 3 players.


Just like cornhole, but with a small Halo twist to it. (You can “attack” the other board with your bean bags.) This was a BLAST at last year’s LAN!


Fly a Remote Control Hornet through several Halo Rings on your flight to victory! Using a NKOK RC Hornet, you will fly through a few Hula Hoops made to look like Halo rings. Make your way back to the starting line with the quickest time and you will be crowned the best pilot in the UNSC (or at least this year’s LAN) with a prize awaiting you!


With several Mattel BoomCo Halo weapons in the arsenal, You will target large and small Fathead Halo Enemies on a shooting gallery type wall! The two people with the best score will win prizes!

Also of course, I’ll have a couple of tables chock full of all the Halo Gear and Toys I’ve collected since last year’s LAN for you to peruse.

As with each year, we will be going to Primanti Brothers for some of Pittsburgh’s FINEST sammiches! (Yes, sammich, not sandwich)

The extra fun after party on Saturday Night will be at Dave and Busters. Here we will take turns playing Halo Fireteam Raven! (And noone better skip the cutscenes!! LOL)

Cost for the event is $15 per day or $40 for all three days. This includes food and drink as well as door prizes and of course ALL of the above entertainment (excluding the after parties). That’s at least 25 hours of HALO over THREE days!

You can pay in advance through PayPal: jedisalpitt2002@yahoo.com or in cash (only) at the door. Noone under 16 allowed without adult supervision. IDs will be checked and no excpetions made.
As this is at my home, I will only give out my address to those who e-mail me with an intent to come or who pay in advance. You may e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com. Please make the title of the e-mail: “My intent to come to LANstravaganza 6“. As this is my home, you are expected to keep my address in strictest confidence (secret).

If you have any questions about the LAN, please feel free to e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com. I’m happy to answer them.

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Jerome

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: Shotgun, Magnum, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Methane Tank
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box displays Jerome nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Buck

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: Assault Rifle, Knife, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Torso
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box displays Buck nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Swivel Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Arms
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box displays the Arbiter nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt.

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Halo TV show to start filming in October and now we know where!

The Halo TV series starts filming in October and now we know where it will start!

In an article on pursue news.com, we find that the Halo TV show is to start filiming this October in Budapest, Hungary.

No why Budapest? Seems a bit out of the way for an American production. Perhaps production costs.

Regardless, with the hype that “Ready Player One” gave to some fans for having Spartans in it, the time is ripe for a live-action adventure. It’s been too long since the 2013 announcement during E3 that a show by Steven Spielberg was forthcoming.

The big questions are, when will this take place and who will be the main characters?

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Halo Toy PRE-view: Halo Wars 2 Frostraven!

First a big thanks to Mega Construx fan Kevin Thornburn for pointing this out on Facebook!

So there has been just a scant few pics of the upcoming Frostraven set from Mega Construx online. Now we have an official listing for it on Amazon Canada.

Let’s have a look at the set!

For those unfamiliar, the Frostraven is comparable in size to a Pelican, but has attributes of the Falcon from Halo Reach. This flying beast rains down cold and freezes opponents! You can see the large cold storage units on the underbelly of the craft. Also note Decimus comes with his signature Mech suit! Continue reading

Artful April, a months worth of Halo art!

As March Mega Madness wraps up, I wanted to let you all know what’s upcoming for HFFL!

I still have several more product reviews, though those will be spread out throughout the month of April instead of nearly every day as they were in March.

For April, I’m going to concentrate a lot on the art of Halo, both official art and fan made! So If you’ve created some Halo art or have seen some great stuff on the net, please e-mail me the links and I may include them throughout “Artful April, a months worth of Halo art!”

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Covenant Goblin Battlesuit

Mega Construx Covenant Goblin Battlesuit

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 7 minutes to sort, 15-20 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 218
Minifigures: Grunt Minor, Spartan Operator
Weapons: Rocket Launcher w/removable rocket, blast smoke, directional rod; Plasma Pistol
Accessories: x2 Figure stands
Special Features: Cockpit opens/closes; Articulated shoulders, elbows, fingers, hip joints, knees; shooting feature in needler arm
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

Before I go further, let me say that I’ve taken to calling the mech the Gruntbuster and not Goblin. It’s a take on the Hulkbuster armor from Iron Man. Yes, it doesn’t bust Grunts. More like it’s a Grunt that is doing the busting! So if I use this word, later in the review, you know why.

The box art shows the set in a dynamic action shot. One of the better ones in recent history, IMO.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 6

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 6

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 20 to 26 depending on figure. See pics below for exact count for each figure.
Minifigures: Spartan Helljumper, Let ‘Volir, Jun, Roland, Spartan Grant, Spartan Athlon
Weapons: Railgun, Energy Sword, Sniper Rifle, DMR, Storm Rifle
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post (each), Jun’s Helmet, Roland’s translucent yellow display screens
Special Features: Translucent Purple Baseplate for each figure stand with this series
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

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As with each Halo Heroes Series before, there are 6 figures in this series.

Right to left here for Series 6 we have: Spartan Helljumper, Let ‘Volir, Jun, Roland, Spartan Grant, Spartan Athlon Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Power Pack-Active Camo

Mega Construx Power Pack – Active Camo

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 31
Minifigures: Translucent Light Blue (Almost Teal) Helioskrill Spartan
Weapons: SMG (Gold Standard skin), Magnum (Fade skin), Fuel Rod Cannon (Pool of Radiance skin)
Accessories: Blue Power Up Button, attachable Bayonet and Scope for SMG, Figure stand
Special Features: REQ station opens/closes and stores weapons
Cost: $7 US (Mass Retail)

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The window shows the figure, weapons and REQ station nicely. The back shows the other 3 in this series of Power Packs.

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